Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Faculty in the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department view our students as our legacy, not as our customers. Our success as teachers will ultimately be measured by our ability to help our students become life-long learners who are successful in their own careers and lives. The hints, ideas and suggestions provided by ALEC faculty and presented on these pages are indicators of good teaching. These same ideas are echoed and expanded on in the scholarly articles linked on these pages.
Faculty and graduate students interested in good teaching have many resources at Texas A&M University. The Center for Teaching Excellence (http://cte.tamu.edu/) is an excellent starting point and the Center’s many workshops, programs and seminars should be a must for all new faculty members.
Always . . .
- Get to know your students
- Engage the students in discussion
- Tie course content to current events or issues, the students’ careers and their lives
- Treat class time as valuable
- Present up-to-date course material that you know well and that you present with enthusiasm
- Provide clear assignments with equally clear expectations and relevance to the course and to the student’s future career
- Return student papers and assignments in a timely manner with appropriate and clear feedback
- Be organized so the students know how the course fits together and how it ties into the students’ curriculum
- Let students see that you care about them as learners and as individuals
- Accommodate learning styles by using diverse methods to present course material and to assess learning
- Treat every student as an individual while being fair with all class members
- Respect the students and act in a matter that will allow them to respect you
- Be available to students while teaching them to respect others’ schedules and commitments
- Incorporate high-quality teaching materials and activities with measureable outcomes
Academic Freedom, Ethics and Responsibility are also part of Texas A&M University’s environment. The details on this policy are at the attached link (see number 3).http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/12.01.99.M2.pdf
Rosenshine and Furst
Rosenshine, Barak and Norma Furst (1971) conducted a meta-analysis of research on teaching some 30 years ago that established a benchmark for additional research into teacher behaviors that appear to bring about higher achievement among learners.
Rosenshine, Barak and Norma Furst. (1971). Research on Teacher Performance Criteria. (in Research in Teacher Education: A Symposium, B. Othanel Smith, Ed.). pp.44-54.